Where The Wolves Read

A blog where I review mostly books. I also review, if my appetite allows, movies, music, and video games. Enjoy the feast!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Series Review: The Summer series by Jenny Han

Summary for The Summer I Turned Pretty: Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

Review: This was a very cute contemporary series. Jere and Con were both fantastic characters with their flaws. You just couldn't help but love them anyway. Belly was a sweet character too. I related to her quite a bit which doesn't happen too often. It was refreshing because I felt like I could connect with her better than most characters. I think Suz and Laurel were my favorite characters of the whole series. They're the moms so of course they're looking after their own kids, but they look after each others kids too. It was nice seeing  best friends work like that and make sure everyone knows what's best. I think the Summer series was great, but it was predictable. The only time I was genuinely shocked by something that happened was during the last book, We'll Always Have Summer. You find out something in the first few chapters that actually made my jaw drop. I liked how the events taking place were measured by summers. Even though my favorite season is winter, I thought that was a cute little detail that set this series apart from some others I've read. Even with the predictability of the stories, I would definitely recommend picking up this series if you want a quick, fun read. I read each of these books in a day. I just couldn't put them down. And I'm very happy I read these books over the summer. I could picture things better than I probably would have if I read them in the winter or something. My favorite book was probably It's Not Summer Without You. I love the whole story development in that book especially.

The Summer I Turned Pretty: 4 howls
It's Not Summer Without You: 4.5 howls
We'll Always Have Summer: 4 howls

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Summary: Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A stunning debut, it marks John Green's arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

Review: I'm going to try to keep this review of Looking for Alaska spoiler-free so forgive my vagueness. Alaska is a very complicated girl, and I adore her. I don't agree with all of her choices (and I'm including the second half of the book), but she was still fantastic. What can I say about Pudge? I need him in my life. Seriously. Takumi, Colonel, and Lara were great characters too. They all had very interesting pasts which make them all very likable. I think Alaska might be my favorite though. I don't like comparing book characters, but I couldn't help comparing her to Margo from Paper Towns. The difference was as Paper Towns went on, I liked Margo less and less. My enjoyment of Alaska's character never changed while I read Looking for Alaska. The story was incredible. A bunch of teens in a boarding school isn't the most unique idea, but John Green is obviously great at what he does. He found a way to tell this story without it being dull and repetitive. I found a bit of the book predictable, but that didn't make it bad. It just gave me more time to reflect on what was going to happen.

I'm thinking that John Green is one of the most fantastic individuals ever. Clearly, I'm late to one of the most amazing parties of all time. Looking for Alaska has to be my favorite John Green book so far. Keep in mind I've only read The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns so there are still a couple books I need to catch up on. Sorry for the short review. There's only so much I can say without spoiling stuff.

5 howls

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Series Review: The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Summary for Darkfever: MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

Review: I've seen many positive reviews for The Fever series, even some that claim this to be the best UF series out there, so I knew I would have to pick it up soon. Luckily my friend bought me the entire series and I tore through them. Mac was a good character to read throughout the series. She annoyed me in Darkfever because her whole "pink and perfect" image made me want to barf. I hate those kinds of girls. I grew to like her though because she got a reality check decently fast. Barrons is certainly swoon worthy, but I don't approve of all of his methods. Sometimes I thought he was harsher than he needed to be, but for the most part he was decent. One thing Karen did extremely well was fleshing out her minor characters. As wonderful as it was to read V'lane, Dani, and Ro as minor characters, there was still plenty of development for them and Shadowfever really hit every good and bad nerve when it comes to caring for them.

The story was written very well and it wasn't dull which was nice. I don't read a lot of UF or a lot of books about Fae (I'm working on fixing both of those problems) so I wasn't sure if I would like this series as much as everyone else seemed to. I am happy to announce that I absolutely loved this series. There was some minor things that got on my nerves, but for the most part it was great. The only constant thing I can thing of that really bothered me was the future parts of the series. Every now and then Mac would say something like, "I would later regret this decision" or "Barrons/Dani would later tell me..." so I knew that even if Mac was in grave peril, she would somehow survive. Of course she's the main character so I expected it to an extent, but I found that I didn't worry about Mac's safety as much the more I read the series. She was still in a lot of trouble all over the place so it didn't take too much away, but just enough for me to not care about her so much. There was one other thing in Shadowfever that bothered me in terms of storyline, but I'm not going to say what because of spoilers. I don't know if I can pick a favorite book of the series. It certainly wasn't Darkfever or Bloodfever. They were great books, but I loved the ending and the development in the rest of the books more. Not my favorite UF series, probably because I'm partial to shifters, but it is absolutely worth the read. Go get these books if you're in for a great adventure!

4.5 howls